ROCKY RE-ENTRY

the realities of life after living cross culturally

Thoughts, encouragement, and resources for those transitioning off the field from those who’ve been there.

7 Things I Learned about Transitioning

Today, we have some great re-entry wisdom from Amy Young.  Amy has recently been through her own re-entry transition.  I have gotten to know her through her work with Velvet Ashes {a great online community to encourage and support women...

When tired feels like your theme song.

For the last several months, I’ve been in a season where tired feels like my theme song.  There have been some medical factors and some other factors, but the long and short is I have not had a lot of energy. You may have noticed I...

Themes from a Mini Re-entry

The last two weeks I’ve been in the midst of a mini re-entry after spending a couple weeks in South America traveling/volunteering.  I’m noticing them again, those themes from reverse culture shock that seem to be the same no...

How long does reverse culture shock last? ...

How long does reverse culture shock last? I get asked that question a lot. When will I feel “normal” again? When will I know what I’m supposed to do next? When will my life feel like it has purpose again, and I’m not just...

Losing our Innocence on the Field

Recently I attended a gathering where a couple was sharing about their future move to Asia.  They were excited, passionate, hopeful, and probably a bit nervous.  Preparing to move overseas for the first time, the room felt full of the...

For the Middle Years of Re-entry

The other day I ran into a friend who is three years into re-entry after one year living overseas. And she said what I’ve heard many times before… “It’s still hard!” “I thought I’d be over this by...

For Friends & Family of those Moving...

In the midst of moving back to my “home” country, I wasn’t at a place to articulate to my friends and family what was going on inside me or what I needed {probably because I didn’t understand it myself}, but looking back...

Rebuilding Your Identity in Re-entry {Part...

How do we rebuild our identity after living overseas? Sometimes in re-entry our days are full of one decision-making challenge after another. {This is part B of this post…if you haven’t read part A…you may want to start...

Re-entry Poem

A poem from my journal…a couple years after moving back. RE-ENTRY The place where sorrow and hope collide where a multiplicity of feelings well up inside The space where fog invades our lives and our days are full of internal...

Summer Retreat Opportunity for Women in...

If you are a woman who has been living cross culturally as a part of a faith based ministry and have transitioned back to North America in the past year, I wanted to make you aware of a retreat that might be a good fit for you: THRIVE Ministry...